Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson

Associate
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-587-9668 | 800-580-9121 |
Fax:
713-225-0827
E-mail:

With over three decades of wide-ranging experience, Jay has the knowledge to help clients with virtually any type of wrongful death or personal injury case. Jay is intelligent, honorable, and passionately dedicated to his clients. To this end, Jay takes time to inform his clients about what to expect from the legal process and guides them through it. He is personable, easy to talk to, and understands the concerns, fears, and worries that clients face at difficult times in their lives.

Over the years, Jay has represented many people in motor vehicle injuries and death cases, including trucking and fire cases. He has also handled workplace injury cases, along with maritime and railroad cases. Jay further has experience with product liability cases, such as tires and firearms. In addition, Jay handles select commercial cases. Prior to joining Abraham Watkins in 2002, Jay served as an Assistant District Attorney of Harris County, Texas.

Jay was born in Miami, Florida. He moved with his family to Texas at the age of seven, and has lived here since then. He grew up in Houston and Corpus Christi, and then attended the University of Texas, where he obtained both his bachelor's degree and law degree. After college, Jay moved to Houston in 1980. He has practiced law based from Houston his entire career. With his wife of 30 years and two adopted daughters from China, Jay is a member of Houston's First Baptist Church and teaches Bible Study there.

 

  • Year Joined Firm
    • 2002
  • Areas of Practice
    • Explosions
    • Personal Injury
    • Catastrophic Injuries
    • Wrongful Death
    • Product Defects
    • Business Litigation
    • 18 Wheeler & Commercial Truck Accidents
    • Aviation Accidents
    • Admiralty & Maritime Accidents
    • Birth Injuries
    • Brain Damage
    • Burns
    • Construction Accidents
    • Electrocutions
    • Environmental Law
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • Nursing Home Negligence
    • Offshore Injuries
    • Paraplegia
    • Patent Infringement
    • Petrochemical Accidents
    • Pharmaceutical Litigation
    • Quadriplegia
    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Swimming Pool Accidents
    • Workplace Accidents
    • Vehicular Accidents
  • Certified Legal Specialties
    • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992
    • Re-certified, 2002
  • Bar Admissions
    • Texas, 1980
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1983
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1983
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2005
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2009
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990
  • Education
    • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
      • J.D. - 1980
    • The University of Texas at Austin
      • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1977
      • Honors: with Honors
  • Published Works
    • "Texas Supreme Court Update", Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 2018
    • "Supreme Court Update", Texas Bar College Summer School, State Bar of Texas, 2017-2018
    • "Supreme Court Update", Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013-2016, 2018
    • "Supreme Court Update", Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2011-2012, 2014-2017
    • "Discovery Update", Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 2017
    • "Supreme Court Cases Important to Trial Lawyers", Texas Bar College Summer School, State Bar of Texas, 2016
    • "Supreme Court Cases Important to Trial Lawyers" - Panel Presentation, Advanced Trial Strategies, State Bar of Texas, 2016
    • "Supreme Court Update", Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, State Bar of Texas, 2010, 2015
    • "What Trial Lawyers Can Learn from Supreme Court Opinions", History of Texas & Supreme Court Jurisprudence, State Bar of Texas, 2015
    • "Evidence 101", Handling Your First (or Next) Auto Collision Case, State Bar of Texas, 2014
    • "How to Avoid Being Sued or What to Do When It's Too Late", Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2014
    • "Supreme Court Update", Harris County Democratic Lawyers' Association, 2014
    • "Enforcing Settlement Agreements", Harris County Judicial Education Conference, 2014
    • "Liability Issues for Rescue Organizations", Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2013
    • "Experts, Daubert, and the Texas Supreme Court", Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, State Bar of Texas, 2013
    • "Civil Liability Exposure for the Nonprofit", Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2012
    • "Liability Issues and Civil / Criminal Exposure", Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2011
    • "Supreme Court Update", Litigation Section, Houston Bar Association, 2010
    • "Supreme Court Update-Procedure", Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, State Bar of Texas, 2007 - 2008
    • "DWI in the Twenty-First Century-Prosecution View", Houston Bar Association, 2003
    • "Procedure Update-State", Advanced Civil Trial Law, South Texas College of Law Houston, 1994 - 1995
  • Classes/Seminars
    • Supreme Court Update, Texas Bar College Summer School, 2017 - 2018
    • Supreme Court Update, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, 2013 - 2016, 2018
    • Supreme Court Update, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2017
    • Discovery Update, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 2017
    • Supreme Court Cases Important to Trial Lawyers, Texas Bar College Summer School, 2016
    • Supreme Court Cases Important to Trial Lawyers - Panel Presentation, Advanced Trial Strategies, State Bar of Texas, 2016
    • Getting the Charge Right & Charge Error Preservation, Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 2015
    • Supreme Court Update, Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, State Bar of Texas, 2010, 2015
    • Supreme Court Update, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2015
    • What Trial Lawyers Can Learn from Supreme Court Opinions, History of Texas & Supreme Court Jurisprudence, State Bar of Texas, 2015
    • Evidence 101, Handling Your First (or Next) Auto Collision Case, 2014
    • How to Avoid being Sued, or What to Do When It's Too Late, Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2014
    • Supreme Court Update, Harris County Democratic Lawyers' Association, 2014
    • Enforcing Settlement Agreements, Harris County Judicial Education Conference, 2014
    • Real Estate and the Law-Plaintiff's Perspective, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, 2013-2014
    • Liability Issues for Rescue Organizations, Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2013
    • Experts, Daubert, and the Texas Supreme Court, Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, State Bar of Texas, 2013
    • Getting the Charge Right & Charge Error Preservation, Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, University of Texas, 2013
    • Getting the Charge Right & Charge Error Preservation, Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013
    • Getting the Charge Right, Webinar, State Bar of Texas, 2013
    • Presenting and Defending a Trucking Case, Webinar, State Bar of Texas, 2013
    • Jury Charge: Demonstration of a Charge Conference, Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013
    • Civil Liability Exposure for the Nonprofit, Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2012
    • Legal Risk: Real Estate and the Law-Plaintiffs' Perspective, Management 660: Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, 2012
    • Liability Issues and Civil / Criminal Exposure, Animal Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2011
    • Supreme Court Update, Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2010
    • Supreme Court Update-Procedure, Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, 2007-2008
    • Earning, Collecting & Keeping Attorney's Fees, Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association, 2007
    • DWI in the Twenty-First Century-Prosecution View, Houston Bar Association, 2003
    • Procedure Update-State, Advanced Civil Trial Law, South Texas College of Law Houston, 1994-1995
    • Texas Supreme Court Update, Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Honors and Awards
    • Texas Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2018
    • Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award, Texas Bar College, 2015
    • Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2016
    • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
    • Top Lawyers List - Personal Injury, Houstonia Magazine, 2014
    • Top Lawyers List - Personal Injury, Labor and Employment, Business/Commercial, Admiralty and Maritime, Houstonia Magazine, 2013
    • Standing Ovation Award, Texas Bar CLE, 2011
    • Superb Rated Attorney, AVVO
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, Course Director, 2018
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Planning Committee, 2018
    • State Bar of Texas, Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, Planning Committee, 2018
    • State Bar of Texas, Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, Course Director, 2017
    • Texas Bar College, Summer School, Planning Committee, 2017
    • Texas Exes, The Unviersity of Texas at Austin, 2017 - Present
    • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Trustee, 2016 - Present
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Course Director, 2016
    • State Bar of Texas, Handling Your First (or Next) Wrongful Death Case, Course Director, 2015
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Planning Committee, 2012-2016
    • University of Houston Law Center, Adjunct Professor, 2015
    • State Bar of Texas, Handling Your First (or Next) Auto Collision Case, Planning Committee, 2014
    • State Bar of Texas Evidence and Discovery Course, Planning Committee, 2013, 2014
    • State Bar of Texas Discovery Sub-Committee of the Court Rules Committee, Chair, 2013 - 2014
    • State Bar of Texas, Trial Subcommittee of the Court Rules Committee, Assistant Chair, 2012 - 2013
    • Houston Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, Chairman, 2012
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Course Director, 2011
    • Houston Bar Association Federal Practice Section, Chairman Elect, 2011
    • State Bar of Texas, Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, Planning Committee Member, 2007-2008, 2010, 2007 - 2010
    • State Bar of Texas, Court Rules Committee, 2010 - Present
    • Houston Police Officers' Civil Service Commission, City of Houston, Commissioner, 2006 - 2009
    • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2002 - Present